The self-styled gurus



Many believe I am a Christian, then many think I am an atheist. I am neither of the two. I firmly believe in the unknown and unseen power that controls us and our lives. Call him Christ, Allah or God.

But somehow the self-styled gurus like Asaram put me off. I have seen him throwing tantrums at Lucknow airport and demanding the impossible from the district administration for his so called religious gatherings. And now controversies are chasing him as heinous as rape.

Sadly, his followers don’t want to see or believe that.

However, the subject here is not Asaram but my recent meeting with uncontroversial saint Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, the president of the Rama Janma Bhumi Nyas at Ayodhya. I have been meeting him since the 1990’s, when the temple movement had reached its zenith — found him always different and dignified. He avoided rhetoric which his predecessor late Mahant Ram Chandra Paramhans of Digamber Akhara mastered in.

This time when we went to his ashram, he agreed to meet us at his simple and small room on the first floor where he sat on a cushioned mattress on the floor. Obviously, the visitors were also expected to sit on the floor in front of him.

After we had discussed their 84-kosi parikrama programme, I casually asked him if Narendra Modi had ever met him. He replied, ‘ Yes, he had come. Jaise aap bethe hain waise hi saamne bethe the.’

I asked him if Amit Shah had also met him during his recent visit to Ayodhya. He had the same reply and the same tone. The mahant made it clear that both Modi and Amit Shah came for blessings and not for any deliberations and showed them their place.

He offered us prasada , which we readily accepted. Whatever you may say, Mahants like him have an air about themselves and they behave like demigods. Why? Perhaps answer to this pertinent question is hard to find.

Then why do these religious gurus indulge in politics ? They wear the saffron and behave like the men in the white ( the politicians).

It’s fine when Ashok Singhal rakes up the temple issue, but why should Mahant Nritya Gopal Das issue divisive statements? It’s not a religious issue, whatever the Sangh Parivar’s explanation may be.

Or else they would have taken better care of three religious towns in UP – Varanasi, Mathura and Ayodhya- whose infrastructure require immediate attention. The cities stink but the demigods, flushed with money, care two hoots for them.

I have not read scriptures but I am sure none of them would have propounded pitting one religion against the other. Spiritualism as I understand is peace, mental and physical, then how can someone whose profession is religion spread tension? It stands true for all religions, including Islam.#

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  • Anonymous

    “Call him Christ, Allah or God.”

    but not Bhagwan or Ishwar :)

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    sunita Reply:

    Arey we call him bhagwan, ishwar —ofcourse

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Just kidding…Bhagwan/Ishwar seems to be outdated for modern hindus,

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  • Thomas Kurien

    Spiritualism is constant awareness that, we are nothing but “spirit”. This awareness brings peace. Only because I am aware and act up on this “truth”, does not disqualify me from being participating in the affairs of the world. Existence of Nation state is a reality. We are not “wold citizens”, we are either Indian or Peruvian or Russain or any other Nation citizen. Engaging in affairs of the Nation is politics. So like Ms Sunita can engage in the affairs of the Nation, the Imam, the Bishop, the (D)(S)(F) God can also engage in affairs of the Nation as long as they abide by the law of the Land. Just like the “We the people of South Delhi” freedom for “know it al and Preach all” , all these D, S, F etc can also preach what they would like to Preach.

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  • sumit chaterji

    One really wonders -just how many centuries more would it take before the so called ‘Hindus’ stop ‘believing’ and start UNDERSTANDING what the Sanatan philosophy is really all about. ?!?!?- But then again – to understand this exalted philosophy and symbolisms would definitely take a lot more than a single digit IQ which most people on the subcontinent seem to possess for generations- well at least their actions hasn’t yet reflecedt the possibility of a two digit IQ.- incredible just how many of these pseudo (un)godmen and gurus have been fooling the populace for eons ??- but then again only fools CAN be fooled !.

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  • Rocky

    Not so fast my friend. One of the problem with Hinduism has been exactly due to the belief of people like you. Generally, a Hindu temple priest does not concern himself with prevailing politics. As a result, the worshippers too don’t differentiate between a politicians based on their religious affiliations. As a result, Hindu vote bank is divided. On the other hand politics is freely discussed in mosques and churches. That is the reason that every politician is trying to woo these minorities. In order to protect their interests, Hindus too should unite politically. Orange color should not be an impediment in politics or business. As far as fake god men are concerned, they need to be caned in public.

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    sunita Reply:

    You include saints like Asamram also. Pls visit Ayodhya, yes there are some reverred saints and they stay away from politics– but then there are many with dossiers

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  • Anonymous

    WELL SAID SUNITA. IT IS INCONCEIVABLE HOW IN THIS MODERN AGE SO MANY PEOPLE IN INDIA ARE GULLABLE TO THE DIATRIBES OF THE SELF STYLED SADHUS/GODMEN/GURUS/SWAMIS AND MORE.
    UNLIKE LONG AGO, TODAY PREACHING IS A MONEY MAKING BUSINESS USING THE NAMES OF GOD TO DISGUISE AS HOLY MEN.
    DO YOUR PRAYERS AT HOME HONESTLY AND SINCERELY, FORGET ALL THESE BALONEY ASHRAMS FOR SATSANGS,THE ALMIGHTY WILL BLESS YOU.
    ADD UP THE WEALTH OF THESE (UN)HOLY MEN, SEE HOW POOR YOU HAVE MADE YOURSELF FINANCIALLY FOR A BLASPHEMOUS CAUSE.

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  • Sandy Burger

    who told you that religious people will not indulge in politics? You are a christian and hence biased to look outside world with christian views. In Sanatan Dharma, all kings had to work under the guidance of sages. If they will behave rowdy then even sages have revolted and taken arms against kings. Don’t you have heard about Parashurama, Sage Jamdagni and many more. But you are a convert and hence not here not there.

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    sunita Reply:

    I am not a christian dear —– VHP says so, why should others.

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    HailRevolution Reply:

    @7086d36475b99f720de658c4ba93f97b:disqus Many may agree that that “In Sanatan Dharma, all kings had to work under the guidance of sages.”; however according to the constitution the state accepts, promotes (all) religions of its citizens, but has none of its own. .. Hence why should any sage(Hindu/Muslim/Catholic/xyz) be directing/guiding the policy makers or those who implement the policies.

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